jeudi 9 août 2012



Cooking is in JEAN-MICHEL GERST’s blood — his grandfather and mother were both chefs. He started his apprenticeship at the age of 15 before travelling to Switzerland, the Channel Islands and Thailand, finally arriving at London where he worked for Anton Mossiman at The Terrace Restaurant.
Shortly afterwards, he relocated to Australia, where he worked at the Brisbane Hilton, responsible for their fine dining establishment, Victoria’s. In 2000, he moved to Thredbo, where he has been Executive Chef at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel for the past 10 years. Since then, Cascades Restaurant has won several awards including best Brasserie/Cafe in NSW.
Jean-Michel’s new book Latitude 36.50 is inspired by tradition. He shares recipes to warm your belly and stir your memories. Delectable offerings include Venison Goulash, Pan-fried Flank Steak, Potato and Truffle Chausson with Shallots Sauce, Lamb Shanks in Orange Juice and Star Anise and many more.


Sydney food writer LOUKIE WERLE has also collected a host of awards and has been running cooking classes in her home kitchen for fourteen years. Her new book, Pasta Rustica, takes full advantage of the availability of once unusual ingredients.
Pasta has always been a great standby but a lot has changed in recent years. In some ways Loukie's book looks backwards to the Italian tradition and the old ways of cooking where produce is seasonal, inexpensive and at its best. This is the secret of how Italian cooks found so many interesting ways to use the same ingredient over and over again, without it ever becoming boring.

Celebrated French chef Jean-Michel Gerst and award-winning food writer and cook Loukie Werle delight in mixing the traditional with the contemporary.
Audiences will learn a tip or two about the simple joy of cooking good pasta with Loukie and the secrets of the Thredbo Alpine Hotel’s Executive Chef.
Don’t miss this fun and informative discussion on French and Italian food.
Tickets are just $20, including a glass of wine on arrival.
Both authors will be signing copies of their books after the talk.

Booking Details: Call Woollahra Library on 9391 7100 or email:
When: Thursday 23 August, 6pm for 6.30pm start
Where: Woollahra Council Chambers, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay
Tickets: $20 (includes a glass of wine). Pay at the door; $10 for Woollahra Library Friends members.
Note: Reserved tickets not collected by 6pm will be released for general sale.
The event will be chaired by Irina Dunn for Woollahra Library. Irina was the owner of L'Ironique, Balmain's first French restaurant.

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